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The Daihatsu-class landing craft is a Japanese landing craft.
The Japanese Imperial Army introduced the Daihatsu landing craft early in the 1930's. Japanese strategists had realized that they needed a vehicle for their expansion plans in the Pacific region, with the ability to unload troops and material ashore on unprepared sites. Several types of landing craft emerged as a result of the development, one of which was the the 14m Daihatsu type. It became the most produced and most successful one. The craft had a steel hull with two parallel keels, which should prevent overturning of the boat when it ran on the beach. The screw of the boat was spirally shaped, so it could not block when driving over obstacles or being dropped. The helmsman was protected by an armor plate against machinegun fire from the front. A 60 hp engine brought the almost 15-meter long, 9.5-ton boat to a maximum of nine knots. The 14m Daihatsu has been used very effectively by the Japanese during the entire WW2 for transporting troops and ammunition and other goods. It had a cargo capacity of 12 tons and was able to take up to 70 soldiers - almost twice as many as its American counterpart, the Higgins LCVP. A tank type 89 "Yi-Go" could be transported in the cargo area - in this combination, the Daihatsu boats were used primarily in the landing operations in China and the Philippines. Armed were the Daihatsu either with a machine gun or an anti-aircraft cannon. Some specimens armed with flak were used as gunboats for patrol dutys. A total of around 6000 pieces of these excellent boats were built.
In Battlegroup42, the landing craft has room for a helmsman, a machine gunner, and four passengers. The helmsman, who is fully protected from small arms fire, steers the landing craft and controls the bow ramp. A single Type 99 light machine gun on pintle mount provides some self-defense for the landing craft.
It is commonly found hanging on the sides of Japanese warships.
The landing craft is ported from the original Battlefield 1942's Daihatsu model.